News roundup 7/14/08



Ex-Pentagon Worker Sentenced:

Former Pentagon analyst Gregg Bergersen was sentenced to five years in prison Friday for giving secret information about U.S.-Taiwan military relations to a New Orleans furniture salesman who turned out to be a Chinese Spy. The spy funded Bergersen's gambling trips, and later offered him employment. CNN via AP 

Outrage Over Magazine Cover:

Presidential hopeful Barack Obama's campaign camp say they are outraged about a controversial New Yorker cover that shows Barack Obama in Muslim garb and his wife with an assault rifle strapped over her shoulder standing in the Oval Office. Obama's camp calls the illustration "tasteless" and "offensive". MSNBC via AP

Root of Anxiety:

The study of anxiety is quickly merging with the science of memory. Studies are now going beyond common symptons such as isolation and depressed mood, and are focusing on how the brain records and consolidates in memory the emotional events that trigger long-term depression. The New York Times via AP

Rescuing Fannie and Freddie:

Shares of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have dropped to their lowest levels in 17 years. Fannie Mae and Feddie Mac hold or guarantee about $5 trillion of mortgages. The fear of failure of one or both would be extremely detrimental on the nation's financial system. Reuters

Sudanese President Charged:

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court filed genocide charges against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. al-Bashir is accused of masterminding attempts to wipe out African tribes in Darfur by promoting murder, rape, and deportation. Washingon Post via AP

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